Abingdon Artists
Abingdon Artists
Supporting creativity in the community



31 May 2019 Buscot Park (National Trust) Afternoon visit (www.buscot-park.com)
10 September 2019 Safari to Cotswold Wildlife Park, full day (


Do you know that there is exhibition space in the community café at 35 Ock Street? The fitting kit is provided and help will be given to put up pictures. If artists wish to share a display period or a display that’s fine. Periods can be arranged and dates will need to be agreed to fit in with people’s schedules.

Vouchers are provided to the Artist or group to distribute to friends that entitle the visitor to a complimentary tea, coffee, juice or can of pop. You are most welcome to go and see the exhibition space.

This could be a really nice opportunity to take your work to a wider audience. If you are interested please contact Rodney Pollock, rodney.pollock@zen.co.uk or leave him a message at 35 Ock Street.


A regular painting group is held in term time on most Tuesdays of the year (except August)  from 2.00pm – 4.00 pm, in Christchurch Hall, Northcourt Road, Abingdon OX14 1PL.  Please note that the next meeting is Tuesday 30th April 2019.

Advice is always available. It is open both to members and non-members. although obviously if you become a regular, we would prefer you to join us as a member. 

You can bring your own project to work on and can draw or paint anything you like. Occasionally a Still Life is  set up for artists who would like one.

It costs £3 per afternoon, to cover the hire of the hall, payable in cash on the day you attend. Another 30p will provide you with a cup of tea/coffee and a biscuit.

You need to bring all your own materials  - and an easel if you prefer that to the tables provided.

The group has grown in popularity and around 20 people attend on a regular basis.  It is a very sociable way to paint with other artists, and it is much enjoyed by those who do attend.  Do come!


Members of Abingdon Artists who like to sketch meet in the Abingdon Market Place outside M&Co at 10.00 am every other Friday for a two hour session. Sketching is done somewhere in the town, the location being decided on the day. Non-members are welcome. There is no cost for attending.

If the weather is inclement, then an interesting refuge is sought (and always found!) close to the Market Place.

This has become very popular with those that have never gone “en plein air” with their artistic endeavours before!

It is useful to check with other members which Friday is the QOD morning.  Alternatively the dates are shown under the News tab of this website.


To celebrate the bicentenary of John Ruskin's birth the Oxford University Museum of Natural History is organising various events including a Ruskin 200 Art Competition, to which you can submit artwork inspired by the Museum that must contain a drawn element.   Many of us have probably spent time in the museum with our sketch books, particularly if we have joined the Oxford Urban Sketchers, so this is something to check out.  You can find full details on the Museum’s Ruskin 200 webpage.


Two Abingdon Artist members, Claire Cross and Lisa Turner, are offering various short courses at St Ethelwold’s, 30 East St Helen’s Street, Abingdon OX14 5EB.  For more information give Claire a call on 01235-527180,  email info@AbingdonArtSchool.com or access their website www.AbingdonArtSchool.com

There is an untutored,  Appleford Life Drawing class in Appleford Village Hall every month. The Sunday dates for 2019 have now been published.

The Oxfordshire Chinese Brush Painting Group holds monthly meetings in Stanton Harcourt Village Hall. It also runs tutorial classes.


The next exhibition at the Sewell Centre Gallery at Radley College is 'Mathematics and Imagination', an exhibition of sculpture by Willow Winston. It runs from 27 April to 17 May 2019.

Later in the spring the Cornerstone in Didcot will have an open exhibition with the theme of ‘Woodland’ from 30 April – 3 June 2019.  

At the Ashmolean from 7 February - 9 June 2019 you can see 'JEFF KOONS At the Ashmolean'. Jeff Koons has been called the most famous, controversial and subversive living artist. This major exhibition offers an exciting journey through a career that has pushed at the boundaries of contemporary art.

At the Christchurch Picture Gallery  from 14 March to 17 June 2019 'Among the most celebrated paintings in Rome' Copying Daniele da Volterra's 'Descent from the Cross'. And from 27 March to 14 July 2019 'Shadow and Light: Creating the illusion of space in Renaissance drawing'.

At Modern Art Oxford  from 23 March until 12 May 2019 the exhibition 'Akram Zataari: The Script' explores Zataari's on-going fascination with how people choose to present themselves to the world.

The Arts Society Abingdon There are several lectures of interest to artists in the new programme. Do have a look at the list on their website and see if there is anything of interest to you.

Ashmolean Podcasts The Ashmolean has now launched a series of podcasts in which Oxford University academics from very different fields discuss objects from the Museum.  In each episode of ‘Thinking with Things:  The Oxford Collection Podcasts’ a prominent academic unpicks the story behind a single object from the collections that relates to their research. 


Look at  Exhibitions on Screen for exhibitions in local cinemas: Degas, Picasso, Rembrandt and Van Gogh are due for release in late 2018/2019. 


Are you interested in Urban Sketching and if so do you know that there is a group that meets fortnightly in Oxford? Check them out on their Facebook Group - Urban Sketching Oxford if you would like to know more. Or contact Abingdon Artist member Dougie Simpson.